ERP for Tile and Stone Distribution

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For industries such as tile and stone distributors, an ERP system must be able to accommodate multiple client types as well as complex ordering and pricing structures complete with commissions and promotional pricing. This type of business may serve as a retail location in addition to being a distributor to construction, manufacturing and other retail businesses.

These types of businesses require an ERP system with a streamlined order entry process for quick service to retail customers as well as direct communication with suppliers in the event of a larger order being shipped directly from supplier to customer.

Exact Macola ERP offers many features that streamline the order entry process making it simple and flexible. Automated triggers and alerts can eliminate extra steps and time required to issue purchase orders at the time of order entry for orders that are shipped direct from supplier to customer. Orders from eCommerce websites can be integrated directly with the ERP system eliminating data entry and administrative costs.

Inventory can also be a complex aspect of a multi-faceted distributor such as a tile and stone wholesaler. The inventory management aspect of the ERP system must facilitate multiple units of measure, multi-currency as well as a variety of product attributes such as colour, dye lots, rolls and pallets. Exact Macola ERP software is an item-centric application meaning that businesses can set up and track all inventory items in as much detail as required. Used in conjunction with barcoding and a warehouse management system, inventory is managed and accounted for very efficiently.

Regardless of the complexity of the business processes, Exact Macola offers easy and flexible reporting and analysis for all aspects of the organization. Using functional workspaces as well as real-time analytics and reporting capabilities, data can be presented to each user within the company in a way that makes sense to them - on demand or created on-the-fly or even sent out at scheduled dates and times.

Some key functionality that Exact Macola ERP addresses for construction material wholesalers include:

  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
  • Warehouse Management System (WMS)
  • Demand Planning
  • Inventory Management
  • Multiple Units of Measure
  • Document Management
  • Multi-currency
  • Multi-language
  • Quick Order Entry Procedures
  • Shipping Container Tracking
  • Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
  • eCommerce
  • Serial Lot Control
  • "In the business of custom floor matting, it's critical to know what's happening to an order ticket every step of the way," Davis said. "When you have Synergy and Macola ERP tied in to the same platform, we can take an order and track its progress from beginning to end, right out to the customer. That level of visibility allows us to make changes on the fly and pay attention to the kind of detail that our customers demand."

    - J. Davis, Accounting Manager, Sbemco International Inc., manufacturer or custom loose-lay floor matting for the commercial and institutional markets.